Being the “Voice of God”, Old New York, and a Spot for V-Day

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I just completed a “Voice of God” job for an awards ceremony at the beautiful art deco Edison Ballroom. Oh, to explain, “Voice of God” is not at all a biblical term, it is actually a production position at a live event. You know that voice that you hear, but don’t see?  The voice saying “Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the…… Awards. Please be seated. The ….Awards will begin in just a few moments.” This is also known as a live announcer, but “voice of God” sounds much more interesting.

Anyway, this past week, my VOG job (lingo from the industry) took me to the Edison Ballroom.

Built in the 1930’s, the Edison Ballroom was constructed adjacent to the Edison Hotel on West 47th street in the heart of the theatre district. The Ballroom had been closed for many years, but about 10 years ago, after a multi-million dollar renovation, it opened complete with its splendid art deco design.

The Edison Ballroom is mainly an event space, but on certain dates, it opens to the general public for dancing, dining and cocktails, a throwback to the elegance of old New York.  Joe Battaglia and the New York Big Band headline the Edison Ballroom.

They do special events for New Year’s and just had their Friday Valentine’s Day event.
Check their website for upcoming events.

It is worth going to enjoy a very special evening in a spectacular venue with a fabulous big band.
And since Valentine’s Day is coming up this week, if you want to find a place that will not only provide a special menu, but also present an evening with live, romantic music, check out my special go-to restaurant, Etcetera Etcetera on West 44th Street. On Valentine’s Day, a night of performance and a special menu will be presented in their upstairs room. You can also dine downstairs if you prefer to be more actively engaged in conversation.

With its sexy, sleek design, incredibly friendly and fun servers, and unique menu offering delicious dishes, Etcetera Etcetera is owned and operated by the amazingly talented, upbeat and inspiring Daniele Kucera. I always say when I go to EE, I feel much better about myself and the world when I’m there, then when I walked in. Great food, wine and spirits, a lovely surrounding, and positive vibes will do that. In this laid back environment, Etcetera Etcetera is also a restaurant where you may run into a celebrity, not because it is the place to be seen, but because it is the place to feel at home. Etcetera Etcetera is quite perfect for Valentine’s Day,as a fiery red is the eatery’s main accent color.

Happy V-day to one and all!



  • Five-time Billboard Award-winning media personality Valerie Smaldone is a theatre, food, lifestyle and entertainment enthusiast. She is a celebrity interviewer, accomplished voice-over artist and actress. Recent appearances on episodic tv include Law and Order, Criminal Intent, The Other Two (on HBO Max), Tommy, Manifest and Blue Bloods. She is an audiobook narrator and producer. A live event emcee, moderator, and "Voice of God" at events and award ceremonies, Valerie has joined The Story Plant Entertainment Company and is currently working on a film and Broadway play. Visit her website at

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